French: Monarque à ailes noires German: Schwarzflügelmonarch Spanish: Monarca alinegro
P. L. Sclater
Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. frater
P. L. Sclater, 1874 – Vogelkop and N Snow Mts, in NW & WC New Guinea.
M. f. kunupi
E. J. O. Hartert & Paludan, 1934 – Weyland Mts and, perhaps this race, Foja Mts, in WC New Guinea.
M. f. periophthalmicus
Sharpe, 1882 – highlands of C & E New Guinea (E from Nassau Mts to Huon Peninsula and SE Peninsula; also, presumably this race, Adelbert Mts).
M. f. canescens
Salvadori, 1876 – NE Australia (NE Cape York Peninsula S to McIlwraith Range); non-breeding probably in S New Guinea.
15–19 cm; 17–24 g. Male nominate race has black forehead and lores back to above front of eye, black chin and throat; hindcrown and upperparts pale grey, flight-... read more
Rich and varied repertoire; calls frequently after rain. Most frequent call a loud, liquid,... read more
In New Guinea occurs in hill and lower montane forests, also forest edges and secondary forest,... read more
Food and feeding
Food items not well known; mostly small to medium-size invertebrates. Usually solitary and in pairs, but may join mixed-species foraging... read more
Season Aug–Jan in New Guinea and Oct–Mar in NE Australia (where very few records), during middle to late dry season and early... read more
New Guinea races resident. Race canescens leaves breeding grounds in NE Australia Apr... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common or locally scarce in New Guinea. Locally common, scarce or rare in NE Australia.
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